Romiya Devi and her family from Gaya in Bihar were attacked by the upper caste people on the 3rd of March 2015. Stones, cow dung and bad words were thrown at her house. When she and her husband asked them to stop, the upper caste people barged into their house and started hitting her husband, son and Father in law.
Under Article 338, Constitution of India has assigned the National Commission for Scheduled Castes the duty “ To investigate and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards for the Scheduled Castes.” It is also vested the power to inquire into specific complaints with respect to the deprivation of rights and safeguards of the Scheduled Castes.
However, nothing more concrete than a police investigation has been done about this matter which directly concerns the safety of this family belonging to the Dalit community. Community Correspondent Amit highlights the everyday plight of these people belonging to lower caste from the hands of the upper caste in rural India.
In India, we continue to practice manual scavenging, a derogatory practice, confined to people belonging to lower castes and resulting in their deaths.
One of India’s biggest religious hubs, Puri, is also a hub for atrocities against Dalits by upper caste individuals.